The Edith Chase Symposium is a series of educational programs to acquaint people who are not specialists, with issues of importance in the Earth Sciences and Water Sciences. The Symposium was initiated in 2014 to honor Edith Chase, a scientist who contributed her expertise, energy, and outstanding analytic and communication skills to benefit the ecosystems of the City of Kent, the State of Ohio, and the Great Lakes Basin. At the time of Ms. Chase's decision, at age 90, to reduce the public advocacy activities in which she took part, the League of Women Voters of Kent and the Kent Environmental Council together began organizing this program, in recognition of Ms. Chase's service in the two organizations over fifty years. The first Symposium program was presented June 5, 2015. In 2016, The Edith Chase Symposium Association, Inc., was registered as an Ohio non-profit corporation, and has been approved by the US Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization under section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, so that donations may be deducted for federal income tax purposes by donors.

Before the Well Runs Dry

The Sixth Edith Chase Symposium, originally scheduled for June 5 and 6, 2020, was re-scheduled to June 4 and 5, 2021. 

The 2021 program
was “Flower to Fruit: Pollination Power” on Friday evening June 4, 2021, in Kent. This program was presented by Denise Ellsworth. She directs the honey bee and native pollinator education program through the Ohio State University Dept. of Entomology on the Wooster campus. Her presentation was titled “Chase-ing Pollinators in Ohio.”

The Symposium included poetry contributions from poets from across Ohio on Saturday.

Not a Drop to Drink


Bee Vigilant

Resurrection River

Where Ohio Meets the Lake

Restoration Through Vegetation

Before the Well Runs Dry

Not a Drop to Drink

Edith Chase Kent Heritage Festival

Edith Chase,
scientist, activist, advocate – a description of some of the services that Edith Chase has contributed to the protection of the ecosystem of the Great Lakes Basin.

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In Memory of Edith Chase

How you can help. The Edith Chase Symposium Association, Inc., is an Ohio non-profit corporation. No federal, state, or local tax money has been applied for or accepted to fund this program. Private donations, including individuals, advocacy groups, and responsible businesses, have been the only sources of support to create and maintain this program. Donations may be deducted for federal income tax purposes by donors.